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Chiropractic Management of a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study


Pamela A. Stone-McCoy, B.S., D.C., FICPA Bio Lisa Przybysz, B.S., D.C. Bio


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2009 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 1-8



Objective: To investigate the chiropractic care of a child with ADHD and review the related literature.


Clinical Features: A 3½ year old male child diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a history of birth trauma and ear infections presents with signs of vertebral subluxation.


Interventions and Outcomes: Vertebral subluxations were addressed using toggle recoil adjustments to reduce an Atlas subluxation. Dietary advice, supplements and proprioceptive exercises were given to the patient as part of the care plan. Patient's mother and teachers reported a decrease in hyperactivity and an increase in attention. Paraspinal thermal scans improved after one month of care.


Conclusion: While research on chiropractic care for children with ADHD is limited, some studies have shown improvement in these children while under such care. This is an important area in need of further study and should include the investigation of a combination of chiropractic, nutrition, exercise, and other CAM treatments.

Key Words: Chiropractic, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, compulsive disorders, chiropractic, adjustment, subluxation, thermography, children, CAM, birth trauma

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